October 4th, 2017 | Updated on May 9th, 2023
Homemade sex tapes have overtaken BDSM as the UK’s most popular fetish, according to new research.
It is believed easy access to smartphones has sparked the trend. Sex expert Annabelle Knight explains: “The growth in the popularity of smartphones has been a game-changer when it comes to sex.
Virtually everyone has access to their own cameras and these can be used to make extremely erotic homemade movies which couples can enjoy together.”
The findings of the survey of 1,000 people were shared by online sex toy retailer Lovehoney ahead of London Fetish Weekend, which runs from 5-8 October.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 fetishes you need to know about:
1. Filming sex and making homemade X-rated movies
An increasing number of couples like to film sex sessions on their phones and many like to share these home movies with other consenting couples, according to Lovehoney’s research.
“That is fine as long as there is an element of trust,” Knight said.
“Sex selfies are great fun too and a brilliant way to generate excitement for couples when they are apart.”
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BDSM stands for bondage and discipline, domination and submission, sadism and masochism.
“It involves the power exchange between two consenting adults,” explained Knight. “The submissive does what the Dominant requires of them within their agreed boundaries of comfort.”
3. Sexual role play
“Using role play in the bedroom is about much more than indulging your long-held and unspoken fantasy about that traffic warden who once fined you,” said Annabelle.
“By adopting a different persona, many people find it easier to open up and explore situations and practises that they would never normally broach, allowing them to experience greater fulfilment and also bringing them closer to their partner.”
4. Wearing rubber, latex or leather
Yes, this fetish is all about gaining sexual enjoyment from having a partner wear rubber, latex or leather material. Or from wearing it yourself.
People who do this refer to themselves as ‘rubberists’, according to Lovehoney. Rubberists’ commonly partake in many of the most hardcore BDSM activities, and one that’s rising in popularity is the use of anal hooks. These are great for restricting movement when tied to other objects.
“The tight material acts as a type of sexual bondage,” Annabelle explained. “For some, the smell of rubber, latex or leather may also be a turn on.
“The fetish can range from wearing the more conventional types of items such as a cat suit to something more unusual such as a gas mask.”
“The area of the buttocks that meets the back of the thigh is considered an erogenous zone and if contact is made with the right amount of pressure and frequency, it can result in arousal for many people,” Annabelle explained.
“Spanking elicits a whole array of psychological responses as well. It can take us back to our childhood, make us feel loved or humiliated, which many people find a turn on.
“The aim with spanking is to keep it sensual at all times and maintain that erotic energy between you and your lover.”
6. Foot worship
Yes, people love feet and, according to the new survey, this is a pretty common turn-on.
“Even individuals that are not into this fetish may enjoy having their toes sucked,” Annabelle explained. “Massaging the foot with non-greasy oil with your fingers and thumbs pads can also provide stimulation.”
7. Cross dressing
Cross dressing is where a person wears clothing and accessories usually associated with the opposite sex. According to Lovehoney it’s most commonly practised by heterosexual and gay men.
“There are lots of reasons for its popularity – it may be cross dressers simply enjoy the different aspect of fashion not usually available to them in society,” explained Annabelle.
No, we don’t mean water skiing. Some people become aroused by urination – whether that’s the feel, sight or smell of it.
According to Annabelle, it is “a fairly niche activity but far more popular than you would think”.
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9. Swinging or group sex
Swinging is where couples indulge in sex with another couple or individuals with the full consent of both partners.
10. Outdoor sex
While it’s illegal to have sex in a public space, that doesn’t mean people steer clear of it.
According to Lovehoney, you can enjoy this fetish from the confines of your own garden without causing too much of a stir – in fact, past research from the retailer shows that more than half of couples (58%) have had sex in a garden.